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King Coal

A Novel

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Author: Upton Sinclair
Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 123,007 / 348 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 92
LoC Category: PS
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 2,657
mnybks.net#: 6447
Origin: gutenberg.org

This novel is bound to make a stir. It reveals through an intensely interesting story the actual conditions of the coal camps of this country.

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s and sixty-seven cents," said Hal--"as well as I can remember."

"Go on!" said the other. "What you givin' us?" And then, to the two watchmen, "Search him."

"Take off your coat and pants," said Bill, promptly, "and your boots."

"Oh, I say!" protested Hal.

"Take 'em off!" said the man, and clenched his fists. Hal took 'em off, and they proceeded to go through the pockets, producing a purse with the amount stated, also a cheap watch, a strong pocket knife, the tooth-brush, comb and mirror, and two white handkerchiefs, which they looked at contemptuously and tossed to the spittle-drenched floor.

They unrolled the pack, and threw the clean clothing about. Then, opening the pocket-knife, they proceeded to pry about the soles and heels of the boots, and to cut open the lining of the clothing. So they found the ten dollars in the belt, which they tossed onto the table with the other belongings. Then the personage with the shield announced, "I fine you twelve dollars and sixty-seven cents, and your wat

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